Faculty - Department of Nursing

Shanna Akers, M.S.N., Ed.S., MBA-HC, RN, CNE

Undergraduate Faculty
Assistant Professor of Nursing - Undergraduate
Director, RN-BSN Online Program

Contact:  Email Professor Akers | Phone: (434) 592-3618

Education

  • Currently in the dissertation phase of her EdD at Liberty University;
  • MSN/MBA-HC from University of Phoenix,
  • BSN from Virginia Commonwealth University,
  • ADN from Louisiana Tech University

Research Interests:  Critical Care, Cardiac Care (especially women's care), Leadership, Management, Online Learning, End of Life Care, Communication in Nursing, Spiritual Care, Preventing Nurse Burnout

Current Practice:  Works in the Medical ICU of the local hospital


Diane C. Bridge, Ed.S., M.S.N., RN

Undergraduate Faculty
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Coordinator for Distant Clinical Sites
RN-BSN & MSN Online Assessment Coordinator

Contact:  Email Professor Bridge | Phone: (434) 582-2518

Certificates:  ACLS/CPR


Dr. Deanna Britt, Ph.D., RN

Graduate Faculty
Chair, Department of Nursing

Contact:  Email Dr. Britt

Education:

  • PhD at Virginia Tech
  • MSN at University of Virginia
  • BSN at Liberty University

Volunteer:  Serves as Small Group Leader, as well as Mentor for women desiring spiritual growth at Grace Church.  Participates in medical missions to Guatemala and Kazakhstan.


Dr. Kimberly Brown, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Undergraduate and Doctoral Faculty
Associate Professor of Nursing

Contact: Email Dr. Brown | Phone: (434) 592-3706

Research Interest:

  • Presented at NGNA (2012) and VT Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (2013)
  • Published contributing authorship entries in the Encyclopedia of Nursing Research (3rd ed.) and Nursing Leadership: A Concise Encyclopedia (2nd ed.)

Mary Lynn Clarke, M.S.N., RN, CCRN

Undergraduate Faculty
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Contact: Email Professor Clarke | Phone: (434) 582-2509

Education:

  • Currently working on the EdD at Liberty University
  • MSN from Liberty University
  • BSN from Liberty University

Courses Taught:

  • NURS 301 and 302, Strategies in Adult Care l & ll
  • Junior level clinical on the pulmonary unit at Centra Health (LGH)

Lucinda A. Drohn, M.S.N., RN

Undergraduate Faculty
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Contact:  Email Professor Drohn | Phone: (434) 582-2530

Education:

  • MSN from UT-Houston Health Science Center, specializing as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • BSN from Liberty University

Dr. Cynthia Goodrich, Ed.D., M.S.N., RN, CNE

Undergraduate, Graduate, and Doctoral Faculty
Professor of Nursing

Contact:  Email Dr. Goodrich | Phone: (434) 582-2553

Education:

  • Doctorate in Education from the University of Sarasota
  • MSN from the University of Virginia
  • BSN from Russell Sage College

Research Interests:

  • Pain Management
  • Leadership

Linda Gregory, M.S.N., RN

Undergraduate Faculty
Associate Professor of Nursing

Contact: Email Professor Gregory | Phone: (434) 582-2532

Education:

  • Master's work was completed at the University of Virginia
  • BSN from Liberty University
  • ADN in Michigan  

Courses Taught:

  • NURS 352-OB, Maternal-Newborn Nursing Course (classroom and clinical)
  • NURS 490, Leadership Clinical

Emilee B. Harker, M.S.N., RN

Undergraduate Faculty
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Contact: Email Professor Harker | Phone: (434) 582-2534

Education:

  • MSN in Nursing Education from Duke University
  • BSN from Radford University

Volunteer: Bedside nurse at Lynchburg General Hospital in the Neurological Intermediate Care Unit.


Jerry Harvey, Ed.S., M.S.N., RN

Undergraduate Faculty
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Contact:  Email Professor Harvey | Phone: (434) 582-2520

Courses Taught:

  • NURS 301 & 302, Medical Surgical Courses 
  • Senior Preceptor Course 

Research Interests: critical care nursing, formative evaluation, curriculum development, staff development and emergency/disaster preparedness.


Mary Highton, M.S.N., RN, NNP-BC

Undergraduate Faculty
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Contact:  Email Professor Highton | Phone: (434) 582-3590

Education:

  • DNP student at Old Dominion University
  • MSN from Liberty University
  • BSN from Liberty University
  • NP certificate from Georgetown University
  • Nursing diploma from Virginia Baptist Hospital School of Nursing

Current Practice: Neonatal nurse practitioner at Virginia Baptist Hospital's NICU. 

Volunteer:  Ruth Brooks Free Medical Clinic

Certifications:  NRP, BCLS, PALS Certified, Instructor of STABLE, NRP & PALS


Jennifer C. Hutchinson, M.S.N., RN, FNP

Undergraduate Faculty
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Contact:  Email Professor Hutchinson | Phone: (434) 592-3868

Education:

  • PhD student at UVA
  • Undergraduate Nursing Degrees from UVA

Current Practice: RN on the Pediatrics Unit at the local hospital

Research Interests: Health literacy of parents and how this affects the care of children


Frederick B. Kail, M.S.N., RN

Undergraduate Faculty
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Contact:  Email Professor Kail | Phone: (434) 582-2522

Education:

  • MSN from Liberty University
  • BSN from Liberty University

Dr. Tonia Kennedy, Ed.D., M.S.N., RN, CCRN

Undergraduate Faculty
Associate Professor of Nursing
Director of Undergraduate Residential Studies

Contact:  Email Dr. Kennedy | Phone: (434) 582-2774

Education:

  • Doctoral degree in educational leadership from Argosy University online
  • MSN from Liberty University
  • BSN from Liberty University

Current Practice: RN at Lynchburg General Hospital in the Surgical Trauma ICU.

Research Interests: Critical care nursing.


Dr. Sharon Kopis, Ed.D., MS, RN, CNE, FNP, NP-C

Undergraduate, Graduate, and Doctoral Faculty
Associate Professor of Nursing
Director of Doctor in Nursing Practice Program

Contact:  Email Dr. Kopis | Phone: (434) 582-2556

Education:

  • Ed.D from Argosy University
  • Post-Master's Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MS in Nursing Administration

Certifications:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner
  • Certified Nurse Educator from the National League of Nursing
  • Parish Nurse and Parish Nurse Educator

Research Interests: Spiritual care and nursing education.


Dr. Kimberly Little, Ph.D., RN, CNE

Undergraduate, Graduate, and Doctoral Faculty
Associate Professor of Nursing
Director of MSN Program

Contact:  Email Dr. Little | Phone: (434) 582-2858

Education:

  • PhD in Nursing Education from the University of Nevada
  • MSN in Nursing Education from Gardner-Webb University

Accomplishments:

  • Published an article titled "Cultural Competence of North Carolina Nurses:  From Novice to Expert"
  • Completed doctoral dissertation on acute-care nurses' knowledge levels and health beliefs of folic acid.

Research Interests:

  • Women's health, specifically related to folic acid health benefits
  • Student progression in the undergraduate pre-licensure nursing program

Volunteer: Nurse to Special Needs Children's Ministry at Thomas Road Baptist Church, Camp Nurse to children 1st - 4th grade at Camp Hydaway each summer


Kathryn Miller, M.S.N., RN

Undergraduate Faculty
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Director of Simulation and Clinical Readiness

Contact:  Email Professor Miller | Phone: (434) 592-4772

Education:

  • MSN from Liberty University

Research Interest:

  • Cultural intelligence and its' effects in clinical excellence in the undergraduate program

Volunteer:  Nurse for Ruth rooks Free Clinic, Medical Missions


Rachel Mills, M.S.N., RN

Undergraduate Faculty
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Contact:  Email Professor Mills | Phone: (434) 582-2531

Education:

  • Currently enrolled in a DNP program

Courses Taught: Pathophysiology, Nursing Assessment, Fundamentals of Nursing, Leadership & Management in Nursing and Community Health Nursing, and created a course for those students interested in pursuing medical missions (NURS 316)

Volunteer: Medical Missions


Dottie Murphy, MS, FNP-BC    

Undergraduate and Doctoral Faculty
Associate Professor of Nursing

Contact: Email Professor Murphy | Phone: 434-592-7252

Education:

  • Masters of Nursing Practice from Wright State University
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Rio Grande University

Courses Taught:

  • Doctoral Nursing program with concentration in Family Nursing
  • Practicum Courses.

Research Interest:

  • Dissemination of evidence-based cardiovascular care to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. 
  • Doctoral Capstone objective: demonstrate advancement in nurse-sensitive cardiovascular outcomes in the management of heart failure.

Lynne Sanders

Graduate and Doctoral Faculty

Contact: Email Professor Sanders

Education:

  • Ed.D., University of Sarasota
  • M.S.N., University of Virginia
  • Clinical Focus: Acute Care, Critical Care

Research Interests: Stress and coping, mental health, psychosocial aspects of nursing